13 Feb 2017

Adele claims Grammy awards in shock victory over Beyonce

7:31 pm on 13 February 2017

Adele won the top three Grammy awards on Sunday, taking home the statuettes for album, record and song of the year in a shock victory over Beyonce.

Adele, winner of Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album and Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Adele, winner of Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album and Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Photo: AFP

Adele won all five Grammys for which she was nominated, including for her comeback album 25 and her single Hello.

Beyonce, who had gone into Sunday's awards show with a leading nine nominations for her Lemonade album, won just two.

"My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you," Adele said to Beyonce as she accepted her award.

"The 'Lemonade' album was so monumental," she added.

Beyonce and Adele also had the most talked-about moments on a night marked by political statements, an emotional tribute to British pop star George Michael, and a rocking memorial to pioneering funk musician Prince.

In her first public appearance since her announcement 12 days ago that she is expecting twins, Beyonce donned a sheer, glittering gold dress and halo to sing ballads Love Drought and Sandcastles from her album Lemonade.

Moments later, Adele literally stopped the show after flubbing the start of a tribute to the late British pop star Michael.

"I'm sorry. I know it's live TV," she said, cursing, stopping her slow ballad version of Michael's Fastlove and asking to start again. "I can't mess this up for him (Michael)," she said.

Adele, 28, was competing head-on with Beyonce, 35, the only other artist to be nominated this year for all three top awards - album, song and record of the year.

Chance the Rapper was named best new artist while Twenty One Pilots won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance for Stressed Out.

The other big Grammy winner was late British singer David Bowie, who won all five of the nominations for his final album Blackstar, including best rock song.

- Reuters

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